PLAYER RATINGS: Manchester City 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur

How was that for a game?

All my fellow City fans will be thoroughly disappointed by the draw at Etihad but it was an excellent performance from the team and we can take heart in the fact that there is a clear future for the team with players like Leroy Sané, Kevin De Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus being great.

Here’s how I rated the players.

STARTING XI:

1. Claudio Bravo – 5/10

Had nothing to do, impressed with his footwork and his passing was good too but once again, two shots on target from the opposition and two goals is something that will play a part in the fact that City need more.

5. Pablo Zabaleta – 5/10

Is far better suited to a full-back role than a central midfield one and did great. Will still be replaced next season by someone who can supplement the attack better. His experience in the defence shone through during a block and also when he caught Christian Eriksen offside.

30. Nicolas Otamendi – 5/10

Did well during the first half to get forward and keep the pressure on Spurs and also cut out the odd attack from them. Still has to start defending better in the one-on-ones but I think he has a future at the club.

11. Aleksandar Kolarov – 5/10

Did well at centre half and maybe he is now better in this position than he is at full-back due to his lack of pace and with Pep’s system allowing the central defenders to get forward he will get to use that left foot more often than not. Needs to marshal the defense as an experienced leader until Kompany can make a return.

22. Gael Clichy – 5/10

Was decent getting forward but gave the ball away needlessly too many times in the first half especially. Needs to track back more and be stronger in the tackle.

42. Yaya Toure – 7/10

I wasn’t sure how he would function as the sole screen for the defence against Spurs and he did well, keeping possession with his physicality and neat passing. Can’t cover as much of the pitch as Fernandinho and hence isn’t as effective in cutting out opposition attacks.

21. David Silva – 8/10

There have been rumours about him going to China but I wouldn’t want him out of this team at all. Great passing, vision to create attacks and a great work rate to boot, he’s essential and will continue to be.

17. Kevin De Bruyne – 9/10

Man of the match and rightly so. He played deeper than he likes but influenced the game throughout and is the creative spark of the team. The best player we have and potentially the best player in the world, he needs his forwards to finish the chances he creates. With him and Silva in the ‘free 8’ positions, City have an iron clad grip on proceedings in any match.

19. Leroy Sané – 8/10

Excellent from the young German again and he has shown a penchant for turning up in the big games with his best displays coming against Chelsea, Arsenal and Spurs. Has two goals from those three matches and I look forward to seeing him on the pitch more often.

7. Raheem Sterling – 6/10

Got on the end of chances with excellent movement but one does wonder why his finishing has been so off the mark recently. Unlucky to not get a penalty when it clearly was one, however if he slots that one past Lloris and it’s game, set and match to City, regardless of the push.

10. Sergio Aguero 7/10

Excellent movement, on and off the ball. Needs to be more selfless and pass the ball to teammates in better positions more often. Will be disappointed to not have scored or have gotten on the end of clear chances, also missing all the half chances that he is usually so good at converting.

SUBS:

33. Gabriel Jesus – 8/10

What an impact, great cross, won a header in the box and almost scored a goal only to be denied by the flag. Great things to be expected from him.

24. John Stones – Too late to mark

Solid in the defence when City were stung by the equaliser. Still think he needs to start.

18. Fabian Delph – Too late to mark

Interesting addition to midfield, might have scored but for Wanyama’s great block. Must give credit to De Bruyne for the pinpoint cross though. Might see him against Crystal Palace in the cup next week.

Written by Manan Monga

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